ENCORE: in case you missed it


Volume 12, Issue 1  |  February 2020  |  VIEW THEME   


The black barbershop as a source of information
By Joyce Balls-Berry, Lea C. Dacy, & James Balls
Character, genius, and a missing person
By Carry Barron
First Black medical institution in the US
By Raymond H. Curry & VeeLa Senstacke Gonzales
Freedman’s Hospital
By Yanglu Chen
Racial health disparities in 19th Philadelphia
Meg Vigil-Fowle
African American medical pioneers
Mariel Tishma
“Mississipi Appendectomy” and other stories
Alida Rol
Early black physicians in Alabama
A.J. Wright


Volume 12, Issue 2 |  May 2020  |  VIEW ART COLLECTION


Gertrude Abercrombrie: art and pancreatic affliction Death by dysentery? Artist Frank Russell Wadsworth in Madrid Robert Louis Stevenson and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia




Volume 11, Issue 4  |  November 2019  |  VIEW THEME   


Character, genius, and a missing person
By Carrie Barron
Paul Dudley White
By Philip R. Liebson
Samuel A. Levine
By Philip R. Liebson
James Bryan Herrick
By Philip R. Liebson
Helen Taussig: mother of pediatric cardiology
By Colin K.L. Phoon
Adrian Kantrowitz: the IABA and the LVAD
Philip R. Liebson
Austin Flint: eminent American physician
George Dunea
Dr. Robert E. Gross
Philip R. Liebson





Volume 12, Issue 2  |  May 2020  |  VIEW THEME   



The recent coronavirus outbreak inevitably brings to mind the Spanish flu, the deadly influenza pandemic of a century ago. Here we republish five articles about this devastating viral disease that spread to the four corners of the world, killing an estimated 50 million people, and leaving behind bitter memories and fears that someday history may repeat itself.

Emerging infections: a perpetual challenge
By David M Morens, Gregory K Folkers, & Anthony S Fauci
Bugs and people: when epidemics change history
By Salvatore Mangione
A flu that brought nations to a standstill
By Jennifer Summers
Katherine Anne Porter and the 1918 Influenza
By Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán







Volume 12, Issue 1  |  January 2020  |  VIEW ARTICLE   


Under the rule of the Medici family, Florence became one of the wealthiest city-states in Europe and the locus of the rebirth in arts, literature, and science of the cultural European Renaissance of the fifteenth century.
Cosimo the Elder Lorenzo the Magnificent Piero de’ Medici (“The Gouty”) Cosimo I, Grand Duke of Tuscany



Volume 12, Issue 1  |  December 2019  |  VIEW THEME   


Doctor Moore in Italy
By Einar Perman
Of starlit huts and Sahelian sand
By Sara Buck
Travels with Genghis
By Robert R. Schenck
Doctor on expedition to the Antarctic
By Bryan Walpole
Stendhal syndrome, a hazard of tourism
George Dunea
The waiting room
Jessie Seiler
A column of volcanic sand
David Gullette
The wild heart of Panama
Rachel Kowalczyk






Volume 11, Issue 4  |  December 2019  |  VIEW THEME   



The year 2019 celebrates the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest painters and polymaths of all time. Born near Florence in 1452, he moved to Milan at age thirty, but towards the end of his life (1516) was recruited by King Francis I to move to France. He died in the Castle of Amboise three years later on 2 May 1519. An unverified story tells that he died in the arms of his patron and protector, King Francis. We honor the achievements of this great man by reprinting several articles published about him in our journal.

Leonardo’s anatomical studies…
By Julia King
Leonardo and the reinvention of anatomy
By Salvatore Mangione
Leonardo’s heart
By Robert R. Schenck
Da Vinci and the spherical uterus…
By John Massie
Leonardo da Vinci: anatomist


Volume 11, Issue 1  |  September 2019  |  VIEW ARTICLE   


During the expansion of the Empire of Islam and its ensuing Golden Age, physicians from Spain to Samarkand advanced the medical sciences by reviving existing Greek medicine and adding their own innovations.1 We have selected here the most prominent physicians who contributed to the remarkable flowering of Islamic medicine and are referenced in our journal,

  • Mesua, Yalhya ibn Masawaih c.777-857
  • Joannitius, Hunayn ibu Ishaq el Ibadi 809-873
  • Rhazi, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi 865-925
  • Al Kindi c.801-c.873
  • Haly Abbas Ali ibn al-‘Abbas al-Majusi, or Masoudi 982–994
  • Albucasis Abu Al-Qasim Khalaf Ibn Al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi 936-1013 AD
  • Al Hazen Hasan Ibn al-Haytham c.965-c.1040
  • Avicenna Ibn Sinna 980-1037
  • Averroes  or Ibn Rushd 1126-1198
  • Ibn al-Nafis 1210-1288
  • Maimonides or Moses bin Maimon 1135-1204
  •  Avenzoar Abumeron or Abu Merwan Abd-al-Malik ibn Zuhr 12th century


Volume 11, Issue 4  |  September 2019  |  VIEW THEME   


The first ten hospitals on the American Continent
By Marco Antonio Ayala-Garcia
The Van Buren Hospital in the history of Chile
By Carlos Astudillo
A lesson in horizontality: El Hospital San Vicente de Paul in Medellin, Columbia
By Moises Enghelberg
Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Panama
By W. Paul McKinney
Hospital Municipal Sebastiao Martins Alves, Lecois, Bahia
By Eleanor Stanford
Daniel Carrion and his disease
By George Dunea
Art, Cristobal Rojas, and tuberculosis:
MS Landaeta, AL Schenone, GW Rutecki
Rene Favaloro
Earl C. Smith


Volume 11, Issue 4  |  September 2019  |  VIEW THEME   


La Maison: a palliative care center in France
By Eric Breitbart
The Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, a testament to the health benefits of religious charity and vineyards
By Kate E. Shipman & Sudarshan Ramachandran
Charcot and his “grande hysteriques”
By George Dunea
Illness or Intoxication? Diagnosing a French clown
By Sally Metzler
Monet and his cataracts
By Caitlin Meyer
Architecture and the French hospital
Sarah Hartley
The general hospital – all are welcome
Jan W.P.F. Kardaun
Edgar Degas’ light sensitivity and its effects on his art
Zeynel Karcioglu
Gericault’s art of insanity
Caitlin Meyer
Henri De Toulous Lautrec & Medicine
Caitlin Meyer



Editor’s Choice


By Kelly Zhao

Featured on July 15, 2020

Adages: maxims, axioms, and sayings

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” R–, of great repute in nervous ailments, attended me for many weeks, with but slight success. He was not to blame, poor man, for his failure to effect a cure. He had only one way of treatment, and he applied it to all his patients with more or less happy results. Some died, some recovered; it was a lottery on which my medical friend staked his reputation, and won. The patients who died were never heard of more—those who recovered sang the praises of their physician everywhere, and sent him gifts of silver plate and hampers of wine, to testify their gratitude”

Marie Corelli: A romance of two worlds, 1886

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“The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease” 


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“Doctors treat patients, not statistical averages. A patient needs a doctor, not a committee. –John P. Peters, 1887-1955” 

John P. Peters, 1887-1955

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